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Muslim Driving School

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An intimate and revelatory insight into the lives of women and their families, from Burnley to Bradford. The documentary series delves into the world of learner drivers and their instructors, telling stories from their homes as well as their cars. With exclusive access to driving schools across the north of England, which specialise in teaching Muslim women, the programme follows new drivers negotiating perilous streets for the first time.

Unlike many driving schools, those featured foster a specific relationship between instructor and student, because of a shared understanding of the cultural restrictions that Muslim women experience. For them, driving isn’t just a pleasure pursuit – it confers freedom and status, and opens up job opportunities that would otherwise be unreachable.